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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Nicole Mazzarella  

Pen Name: None



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Illinois Connection

Mazzarella teaches creative writing at Wheaton College in Illinios and currently lives in La Grange Park, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mazarella writes about rural Midwestern life. She has taught creative writing at Old Dominion University currently teaches at Wheaton College.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

This Heavy Silence
ISBN: 1557254257

Paraclete Pr. 2005

Strong, resilient, and deeply loyal, Dottie Connell farms her family’s three hundred acres in rural Ohio alone, having sacrificed love and family for land she does not own. A sudden, inexplicable event leaves the daughter of her childhood friend in her care. Pressured by her community to allow her former fiancée to raise the child, Dottie must face the past she has worked fifteen years to forget.


  • Peace Like a River, ''Paraclete Press Fiction Award of 2004''
  • Christy Award, 2005
  • CT Best Fiction Book of 2005

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability Mazzarella often meets with book clubs, teaches writing workshops, and speaks on writing, creativity, and habits of attention.